He's All That

He's All That (2021) - IMDb

He’s All That is the 2021 remake of the 1999 rom-com She’s All That starring Addison Rae. It is a gender swap of the original where the popular girl tries to make the loser guy into a prom king. Opposite to the original where it was the guy making over the girl into a prom queen. Going into this movie I was watching it more as a joke, I thought it was going to be an absolute dumpster fire. Shockingly… I didn’t hate it. Maybe it's because I went into this movie with such low expectations but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting it to be. Was it still super cringey… absolutely but it was better than I thought it was going to be.

There is something about this movie that is just fun to watch. There are a lot of cute scenes and it is just a very happy movie. It’s not anything special, but it's a sweet light hearted rom com.

Addison Rae can’t act. Her character is likeable and you want her to succeed but you can tell that Addison Rae doesn’t have a lot of training or acting background. I don’t like Addison on tik tok and I feel like it's hard to separate what she does on tik tok vs what she does in the movie. She shares a lot of similar characteristics with her character, especially the social media stuff so to me it was just her playing an amped-up version of herself. I found some of the scenes are hard to watch for that reason and it really removes you from the film. If you like Addison Rae you might enjoy this movie more than the average person. 

When watching this movie you really can’t compare it to the original ‘She’s All That”. You kind of have to think of it as its own separate movie. The original is one of my favourite romcoms ever and it's so well done, whereas this one is not nearly as good. So if you are a big fan of the original film, maybe skip this one. Something that is good about this version of the movie is that you do not have to watch the original to understand this one. If you would like to read my review on the original film “He’s All That” be sure to click the link right here - She's All That Review

As a film geek, the camera angles and a lot of the shot types used were absolutely dreadful. Especially the over the shoulder shots and where they decided the 180 rule doesn’t exist. It just really takes you out of the movie when the camera angles don’t line up and the sight-lines are all over the place. I don't know if everyone will notice these things but it's just something I picked up on right away that bothered me. 

The movie tries way too hard to be relatable to teenagers but it comes off as cringey and sometimes creepy. I think this is a clear example of why millennials should not write scripts for films about teenagers. Having an influencer in your cast like Addison Rae who is as popular as she is on some of the biggest platforms in the world, you would think somebody would have been like hey teenagers don’t talk like that, that’s weird.

I did find it fun to see Peyton Meyer from Girl Meets World and Madison Pettis from Cory in the House. Actors from Disney shows that I used to watch growing up so it was cool to see something more recent from them. It was also cool that they had Rachael Leigh Cook return to play the mom when she played the main character in the original. 

Was it a good movie? No, but honestly I think they worked with what they had and made a better movie than I was expecting. A 2021 reboot/sequel of the film had a lot of potential and I am glad they brought it back, I just think they could have done a lot more with it given it had so much potential and they ruined that. Again it isn’t a great movie but I’d give it a watch if you are looking to kill some time. It is still a pretty fun and light film if you are just looking for something that doesn’t require too much thinking.


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